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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2005
From notes: On tap at City Tavern, this poured a dark brown with a beautiful head. Aroma starts nice with roasted malt , but has an off bananna like aroma. Flavor is a little sweet, with lots of alcohol evident. Interesting to try.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
cazort (558) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Extremely disappointing given that the other brews I’ve had from Yards have been outstanding. Aroma soft, caramelly, sweet, mild. Very little bitterness; overall, too bland. A mild suggestion of roast in the flavour and aroma. Very smooth. Dominant alcohol taste. Very very estery--one of the most estery brews I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t call this beer a porter; it hardly resembles any other porters I’ve had--the esters kill it and overall, the flavors I’m expecting are too weak or not present at all. I did not finish it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with Lou18 - Thanks Lou! Pours dark brown with a huge rocky tan head. Very tough to get poured into the glass. Aroma is roasted malt that molasses mentioned on the label and something sour. Flavor is much better. Roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, and a fair hop finish. Palate is medium bodied and fairly well carbonated. A tasty porter when you get by the enormous head and the slightly sour aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kramer (5733) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark ruby with an enormous, almost comical off white head. Aroma of faint roasted malt/burnt toast, chalk, and some dark fruit. Flavor of watered down coffee, dark fruits, and heavy sweetness. One positive, the 7% ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is of medium body with an overly high carbonation level. Finish is bland with notes of mineral. Overall, a bland thin-ish porter that was a chore for me to finish. I’m usually a fan of Yard’s beers, but somehow I don’t think that George would approve of evoking his name in regards to this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Draft at Sippin by the River ’05. Sorry not to have gotten to this before. Fresh, local porter, ture to the style, with a little bump. Beats Yuengling’s porter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle: Very little aroma. Some malt scent. Brown. Clear. Small tan head. Almost no lacing. Medium bitter flavor with lots of choclate and some malt. Ok to drink. Not a great porter, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3978) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Absolutely massive tan/beige head, medium density, eventually settling into a brown/amber/red body. Aroma suggestive of vanilla, caramel, and even a hint of yeast. Strong alcohol jumps out of the flavor, but there is some candi sugar sensibility and some roasted notes, though the finish suggests a bitterness not born of roast but of metal. Not bad, but not wowing me. Middle of the pack to slightly below average among American porters. But hey, if the Father of Our Country liked this beer, it must be good. Bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
12 oz bottle from Paul. Smells like vinegar but not like it’s turned (yet?). Theres still some caramel and cola flavors too. Actully, it gets to be port-ish, grape/almost raisen-ish. Too sweet and no roastiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Thanks to Slob for this one. Aroma is very muted, but some mild sweetness of indeterminable origin comes through. Dark brown with a large creamy head. More sweet than roasty, but it has sort of sulpher tinge to it rather than any molasses I have had. Some mild cheery fruit flavors in the finish. Doesn’t have that roasty wholesomeness I expect froma porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours a bit light colored for a porter- deep red/light brown with a big head at first but fades. Carbonation is way too high as was expected from Yards. Aroma is moslty fruity with lots of crystla malts with hints of chocolate. SOme yeasty notes along wit some fruit- makes me think the fermentation temp is too high. Molasses definately adds to the alcohol. Sweet caramel malt flavors with some hot alcohol in the end.

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